Outdoors

A Blanding resident scored the front cover of the new Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife magazine. Thirteen-year old Pearce Holliday poses with his first Bull Elk taken at Elk Ridge. He drew with only one point - should have taken him to Vegas! The Bull scored 370. Pearce is the son of Tanner and Emma...
Lena Pace is the new superintendent of Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Courtesy photo
Lena Pace is the new superintendent of Arches and Canyonlands national parks. She begins her new assignment on April 7. She will also supervise the superintendent at Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.  The local parks preserve some of the most striking geologic landscapes and...
National Park Service developed areas near Hite are temporarily closed until a new concessionaire contrcat can be awarded.  Photo courtesy National Park Service
Beginning January 15, there is a temporary closure of the National Park Service’s (NPS) developed area in Hite, Utah.  Hite is a remote ranger district in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, located at the top of Lake Powell, adjacent to the confluence of the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers....
The operators of Broken I Ranch were recently named Ranchers of the Year by the Utah Section of the Society of Range Management.  Presenting the award is Christina Tinsley of the U.S. Forest Service (left). Broken I Ranch is operated by Shawn and Kathryn Ivins (center) and Tyler and Lacy Ivins (right). Courtesy photo
By Maxine Deeter Shawn and Tyler Ivins, operators of the Broken I Ranch headquartered in Blanding, were the recipients of the Utah Section of the Society of Range Management’s (SRM) Rancher of the Year Award at their annual meeting November 2.  They were nominated by Christina Tinsley of the Forest...
One of the wettest winters on record dominated the weather news over the past year in San Juan County. The water year ended on September 30. January and March were two of the wettest months on record in Blanding, with 50 percent of the annual total coming in these two remarkable months. January...
Art of Shelley Hull
The Bureau of Land Management is pleased announce our fall and spring artists in residence in Bears Ears National Monument.  The BLM Monticello Field Office will be hosting Shelley Hull this fall and Leslie Ann Hauer in the spring. Each artist brings unique perspective and artistic style to their...
With more than 160 registered riders, the San Juan ATV Safari is expected to host the largest ATV event in San Juan County history this week. The 21st annual event starts on Wednesday, September 13, and concludes on Saturday, September 16. The annual Safari starts Wednesday afternoon with riders...
Galbraith “Gil” Keith November 6, 1949 ~ June 24, 2022
Galbraith “Gil” Keith, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2023, in his hometown of Blanding, Utah, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on November 6, 1949, to loving parents, Gil was a pillar of strength, quiet dignity, and...
Adonis Stone Black July 19, 2019 ~ June 24, 2023
Adonis Stone Black, a beacon of light and hope, was born on July 19, 2019, in the coastal city of Galveston, TX. His journey, though brief, was filled with vibrant colors, boundless love, and a courage that inspired everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Adonis’s life was a testament to the...
Halls Crossing Boat Ramp in north Lake Powell (3560.22 ft ASL May 31, 2023). NPS photo
For the first time in nearly two years Halls Crossing Boat Ramp is open again to vessels of all sizes. Halls Crossing, the lone motorized launch point in San Juan County, was closed due to low lake levels on July 21, 2021. After years of extended drought an historic winter has brought in enough...

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